Dying Buffalo Bull, in Snow Drift. No.17.
(From Catlins N.A. Indian Collection.) [London: Geo. Catlin, 1844.]
Lithograph with hand colour. 430 x 579mm (17 x 22¾").
Indians hunting buffaloes trapped in the snow. "In this view the reader is introduced to the optimum of dreariness and severity which the hunters of the northern prairies have to contend with in the depths of winter. An intensely cold day, and dry and sand-like snow three or four feet in depth, drifting before the wind, and a herd of buffaloes labouring to plough their way through it, whilst they are urged on by a party of Indians on snow-shoes, deeply clad in furs, and dealing death to them with their spears. The dying bull in the foreground of this picture, and that in the preceding plate, were carefully sketched by my own hand whilst the animals were thus struggling with death; and I therefore confidently offer them as faithful delineations of their forms and looks, as well as fit and impressive subjects for contemplation for those who may ever have the time, and feel disposed to sympathize with the cruel destruction and extinction of this useful and noble animal.” An exhibition of Catlin's 'American Indian Portraits' is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery. George Catlin (1796-1872) was a Pennsylvanian-born artist who made five trips to the western United States to document the Native American peoples and their way of life. From Catlin's "North American Indian Portfolio".
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